Montgomery County recognizes that a large proportion of all its citizens now live in condominium, cooperative and homeowner associations, generally called "common ownership communities." In order to better serve the special needs of these communities and to act as their advocate, the county created the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) by enacting Chapter 10B of the County Code.
The commission has three basic duties:
Education: the commission provides free information to both members and to governing bodies about their rights and duties under Maryland law, as well as advice on how to properly operate the association. Among other tools, it offers a "Manual and Resource Guide," as well as an online training program for boards of directors.
Legislation: the commission advocates for common ownership communities concerning proposed laws and regulations at the local and State level.
Dispute resolution: the commission can hear and resolve certain disputes between members of the communities and their governing bodies, and its decisions are legally binding on the parties. For more information on the commission and the services it offers, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DHCA/housing/commonownership/ccoc_index.html.
For information or advice, contact the CCOC by e-mailing ConsumerProtection@montgomerycountymd.gov.